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EC issues show cause notice to Yogi Adityanath for 'biryani to terrorists' remark


New Delhi, Feb 06: The Election Commission on Thursday issued a show-cause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his alleged 'biryani for terrorist' remarks. The poll panel has asked him to respond to the notice before 5 pm on Friday.

Yogi Adityanath,Election Commission,Delhi Elections 2020

The EC said that prima facie, by making such remarks the senior BJP leader has violated provisions of the Model Code of Conduct enforced for the February 8 Delhi assembly polls. Adityanath had made this remark during a speech here on February 1.

The notice reminded the chief minister of a provision of the poll code which asks politicians to avoid making unverified allegations and restrict their criticism to policies and programmes of rivals. It also said no comments should be made on the private lives of political rivals during electioneering.

According to the notice, Adityanath had said that "today biryani is not being served ... the habit of feeding biryani was with the Congress in Kashmir or is with Kejriwal for Shaheen Bagh like incidents. (The habit of feeding biyrani ) is not of the BJP." During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the EC had "strongly condemned" Adityanath for his communal remarks and had barred him from campaigning for 72 hours.

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